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Reawakened geyser does not foretell Yellowstone volcanic eruptions

When Yellowstone National Park’s Steamboat Geyser — which shoots water higher than any active geyser in the world — reawakened in 2018 after three and a half years of dormancy, some speculated that it was a harbinger of possible explosive volcanic eruptions within the surrounding geyser basin. These so-called hydrothermal explosions can hurl mud, sand […]

Posted inCalifornia

UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 7, 2020 – University of California, Berkeley, biochemist Jennifer Doudna today won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing it with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier for the co-development of CRISPR-Cas9, a genome editing breakthrough that has revolutionized biomedicine. CRISPR-Cas9 allows scientists to rewrite DNA — the code of life — in any organism, including human […]

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UC Berkeley scientists spin up a robotic COVID-19 testing lab

March 30, 2020 – As doctors around the country scramble to diagnose cases of COVID-19, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley’s Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) are creating from scratch a diagnostic lab with the capability to process more than 1,000 patient samples per day. This pop-up laboratory, the effort of a unique volunteer team […]

Posted inRegional

40-year experiment in Yosemite: Managing fire, rather than suppressing it, benefits forest and watershed

Oct. 24, 2016 – An unprecedented 40-year experiment in a 40,000-acre valley of Yosemite National Park strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire, with the added benefit of increased water availability and resistance to drought. After a three-year, on-the-ground assessment of the park’s Illilouette […]